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Jon Wellinghoff, the Chairman of FERC, dissented from the other FERC commissioners’ decision to grant a permit for the Bradwood Landing LNG terminal on the Columbia River. His dissent provides important reasons for why importation of LNG is not in the public interest.
In outline, Chairman Wellinghoff argues that there is no need in the Pacific Northwest for LNG; that there are reasonable and environmentally preferable alternatives; and that LNG will cost appreciable more than available domestic gas. He argues also that the adverse impact on the Columbia River of 125 tankers per year are much worse than possible impacts of alternative domestic energy sources, including wind, solar and biomass. Chairman Wellinghoff emphasizes the adverse environmental impacts of 20 to 50 million gallons of ballast and engine cooling water that will be consumed per tanker. He concludes, “The evidence demonstrates that the Bradwood Project is not in the public interest and, therefore, the subject application should be denied…. (T)here are reasonable alternatives to the Bradwood Project to serve the projected energy needs of the Pacific Northwest in a more efficient, more reliable, and environmentally preferable manner… (S)ignificant environmental concerns about the Bradwood Project have not been fully or fairly evaluated.”
The entire dissent can be seen at: www.ferc.gov/.../statements.../wellinghoff/2008/09-18-08-wellinghoff-C-1.pdf
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